Lorena Ochoa is once again teeing it up at a tournament, just six months after her stunning retirement announcement. And while this brings up recollections of pre-texting, unable-to-retire Brett Favre, the truth is that Ochoa is apparently happy in retirement, but happy to play the occasional LPGA event too.
Not long after winning a tournament that boasted a solid field of men's golfers, Ochoa is now preparing to host the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara Country Club in Mexico. She'll play, obviously, and considering how she fared at the pro-am, she might just win. That would say worlds about the state of both her game and that of her fellow LPGA players.
Ah, but what if she does win? She's only 28 years old. Might that give her the drive to come back on the tour and tee it up once again? Sorry, Ochoa fans:
"I don’t see it happening," she told GolfChannel.com. "It would be great to play a couple more times a year, just to enjoy the moments, but I would never get back to playing full time."
She indicated that she would play LPGA events in Mexico, as well as the occasional major on a sponsor's exemption. But why did she quit in the first place? Her description of her day-to-day life gives an idea:
"I enjoy waking up at home and having breakfast with my husband," she told GolfChannel.com. "I spend time with friends and relatives in the afternoon. We spend as much time as we can with the children. Andres and I like to play tennis together. I’ve been able to do some horseback riding again. I’m busy with my foundation. I’m happy."
So there you have it. Would that a few other pro athletes had followed her lead and walked away at the top of their games.